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Fast Food and Heart Health

#fitfriday Fast food is highly processed and contains unhealthy trans fats, especially when food items are fried in oil. Eating fried food may increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.

According to new research, people who ate the most fried food per week had a 28% higher risk of major cardiovascular events, compared with those who ate the least. Those people also had a 22% greater risk of heart disease—and a 37% elevated risk of heart failure.

Along with choosing baked or grilled items, consider the following heart-healthy alternatives to fried food:

  • Skinless poultry and fish

  • A variety of fruits and vegetables

  • Low-fat dairy products

  • Whole grains

Limit your daily intake of fast food, and talk to your doctor if you have questions.

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